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50% of trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling or transit

A new report presented to City Council today showed that the City of Vancouver is achieving its Greenest City 2020 goal for transportation mode share, with 50% of trips within the city now consisting of walking, biking, or transit — up from 40% in 2008.

Car use in the City has declined even as the economy and population have grown, while cycling has seen a steady increase: city-wide cycling trips saw a year-over-year increase of 20% from 2013 to 2014.

“Our Greenest City and Transportation 2040 actions are making Vancouver a safer, cleaner, more environmentally friendly city to get around,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Investments in safer walking and cycling – protected bike lanes, improved crosswalks, better lighting – are encouraging people to walk and bike more, and we’re now seeing big increases in walking and bike trips throughout the city.”

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Vancouver City Council has voted unanimously to support a shift toward the city deriving 100% of its energy from renewable sources, as the City of Vancouver nears the half-way mark of the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

The motion from Mayor Gregor Robertson directs staff to report back by autumn with a reasonable timeline on which to meet the comprehensive goal, which the City of Vancouver is now the first North American city to establish.

“Cities around the world must show continued leadership to meet the urgent challenge of climate change, and the most impactful change we can make is a shift toward 100% of our energy being derived from renewable sources,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The future of Vancouver’s economy and livability will depend on our ability to confront and adapt to climate change, and moving toward renewable energy is another way that Vancouver is working to become the greenest city in the world.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council approved the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Budget today, a balanced and forward-looking plan that continues strong business discipline at City Hall while making significant investments in key community priorities.

“Vancouver’s 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible and community-driven plan that strengthens our communities today and invests in our city’s future,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We heard from Vancouver that residents want their budget to support new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, improved parks and action to meet our Greenest City goals. The 2015 Budget invests in all of these urgent priorities while keeping taxes low and enhancing City services, and I’m very proud to support it.”

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Mayor Gregor Robertson is highlighting further engagement opportunities for the City of Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget, ahead of a final Council vote on March 3rd.

“Vancouver’s proposed 2015 Budget is an ambitious, responsible, and community-driven plan to keep our city moving forward,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s a balanced budget that keeps taxes low while making smart investments in new affordable housing, better transportation, public safety, Greenest City action, and improved parks and public spaces.

“I encourage all residents to take a look and offer the ideas and input we need to keep building an even better Vancouver in which to live, work, and raise a family.” 

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Vancouver City Council voted unanimously today to support the ‘Yes’ side in the upcoming transit referendum, building support for better transit and roads throughout Metro Vancouver.

“Vancouver is sending a message that we need to do everything we can to ensure the referendum passes, so that we can cut congestion, protect our environment and grow our economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “With Metro Vancouver’s population increasing by another one million people by 2040, we have to invest in better transit. The alternative is crippling gridlock and traffic congestion that will destroy our region’s livability.”

The motion was introduced by City Councillor George Affleck, which called for City Council to support the Mayor in his efforts to ensure the plebiscite succeeds, and for staff to report back on work underway to build support.

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Mayor Gregor Robertson was sworn in to serve a third term in office today, and outlined an ambitious vision for new heights of Vancouver leadership in the four years ahead in his third inaugural address as Mayor.

“This is a city confident in its mantle of leadership, a mantle that is global in scope and reach – not just confident, but hungry for us to do more, and to do better,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I am grateful for that vote of confidence. And I intend to work my hardest over the next four years to demonstrate that we’ve heard that call.”

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